2018 FloXC Countdown: #4 Western State Men

null

Follow our 2018 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top cross country teams in the NCAA this season, which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 4 men’s spot in DII goes to Western State, and here's why:

Probable Top Five:

SR Ahmed Jama (30:12 10K; 24th at ’17 NCAA XC)

JR Ross Husch (14:15 5K; 25th at ’17 NCAA XC)

SO Taylor Stack (8:59 3K SC; 14:23 5K; 41st at ’17 NCAA XC)

SR Kyle Lewis (9:16 3K SC; 95th at ’16 NCAA XC)

SO Luke Miller (156th at ’17 NCAA XC)

Impact Freshmen/Transfers:

N/A

Analysis:

Western State was the biggest surprise on the podium last November, as WSU managed a fourth place finish in Evansville despite returning zero All-Americans from the season before. 

Western pulled off the feat on the backs of huge breakout seasons from the previously unheralded trio of Ahmed Jama, Ross Husch, and Taylor Stack, the low-scoring group who ultimately led the Mountaineers back to the podium for the first time since 2013. With those three now established as likely All-Americans, coach Jennifer Michel’s squad seems poised to battle for a trophy at nationals once more.

While Western had to be pleased with their NCAA meet last fall, there’s no doubt that improving on their position— even if their top runners improve— will be difficult. The Mountaineers finished a whopping 130 points behind third place Colorado Mines, and all of 2017’s top three teams look very formidable once more. To take a step further up the podium in 2018, WSU will need their No. 4 and 5 guys to improve dramatically.

Of course, if we learned anything from last year, it’s to not count out the Mountaineers based on what they have on paper. They just might surprise us once again.

FULL RANKINGS HERE

Leo Daschbach Becomes 11th U.S. Prep To Break 4:00 With 3:59.54

null

On Saturday night in El Dorado Hills, California, high school senior Leo Daschbach (AZ) became the 11th U.S. prep runner to break 4:00 in the mile with his 3:59.54 clocking.

Is NCAA Track/XC Dying?

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The recent announcements of program cuts to men's cross country at Akron and men's track at Central Michigan have resurfaced a feeling of uncertainty for the future of NCAA cross country and track. Here is a breakdown of where our sport currently stands within the NCAA system.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Understanding Resting And Maximum Heart Rate

Throughout the past years, business has combined the health and technology industries to create a society where fitness tracking has become a regular pastime. People have become more invested in their health and want fun devices to assist in that. These smartwatches and apps have made it easier than ever to know what your exact heart rate is, how many hours of sleep you get, or how far you run. However, with all the knowledge presented to you, it’s equally important to actually understand what those numbers mean to best achieve all of your fitness goals. A big part of this is knowing the different active and resting heart rate zones. 

Pre-Run And Post-Run Stretches

Stretching before and after your run can add a lot of benefits to your exercise routine. It allows you to warm up your muscles and safely progress into your run and also provides your body time to cool off and continue to activate your muscles. It’s important to set aside a couple of minutes before and after exercising so you can make sure you’re taking proper care of your body. 

The History Of Track And Field

Track and field has been around since the start of the Olympics in Ancient Greece in 776 B.C. It was created alongside religious events and celebrations for the Greek gods where men (no women were allowed) could show off their athletic abilities. From there it spread to the Romans who continued the games until the Christian Emperor Theodosius I banned them in 394 A.D. because of their ties to pagan beliefs. 

Don't Miss The Quarantine Clasico Sub-4 Live On MileSplit

null

History could be headed our way on Saturday in California. 

How To Prevent & Remove A Tick

Summer is right around the corner, and that means more time to get out and run in the great outdoors. However, while it's a perfect time for us humanoids to get outside, it's also the perfect time for those nasty little buggers we call ticks! 

How To Run Long Distance

Long-distance running is a whole different animal to short sprinting, and it's no secret that it can really kick our butts. Whether it's fatigue, pain, or mental obstacles, there are a number of factors that make long runs seriously challenging. 

Running FAQs: What Time Does It Get Dark?

Going for a nice jog has dozens of benefits for both our mental and physical well-being. Not only does it get our bodies in better shape, but it also helps us to clear our minds and let go of any stress or anxiety we may have stored up. 

Jakob Ingebrigtsen Smashes Norwegian 5km Record

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: an Ingebrigtsen brother broke a Norwegian national record on Wednesday as 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran a 13:29 road 5km in Stavanger, Norway, to better Sondre Moen’s 13:37 mark from 2019.